Yuma Fire Department and Rural Metro work together to provide ambulance service
Yuma, AZ--The transition of two local agencies working together to provide emergency ambulance services to patients began today.
"Its been going pretty good today from what they tell me," Mike Erfert, Yuma Fire Department spokesman said.
Today was the first day the Yuma Fire Department was able to transport patients to the hospital.
As this afternoon, they had already transported 4 people.
For YFD this is something new, now they are certified by the Arizona Department of Health.
Before, only Rural Metro was able to transport patients.
Now that both YFD and Rural metro are officially working together to serve Yuma County, they each will play a different role in doing so.
"The Yuma Fire Department will be doing the advanced life support type transports, the emergency 911 transports and Rural Metro units will be doing the non-emergency transports," Erfert said. "It's a system that works well in a lot of different places."
Erfert said full implementation of the changes could take up to a year.
He said paramedics won't be handing off their patients to Rural Metro anymore because they can now transport patients to the hospital.
"Were working through the process, making sure the citizens of Yuma get the units to them as quick as possible and most efficiently as possible," Erfert said.
In order to make a smooth transition, Erfert said Rural Metro dispatchers are also being trained on all YFD dispatching equipment.
He also said Rural Metro units are fully implemented in YFD's computer system.
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